The Adelaide-based Defence Innovation Program (DIP) has called for proposals under Round 4 of its Collaborative Research Fund (CRF) for ‘desirable’ defence R&D projects worth up to $150,000. The CRF is designed to support genuine collaboration between PFRAs, academia and industry as a catalyst for defence-relevant development and innovation. Applications opened 8 July and will close at 1400 CST on 27 August.
The term ‘desirable’ is defined carefully by the CRF: it is the extent to which a proposal meets a Defence Capability Manager’s (CM) capability, enterprise or technology need. CM input is fundamental to the successful conduct and implementation of innovation and invention activities within Defence and the commitment and direct involvement of the CM is often the single best predictor of success or failure, the DIP advises.
Desirability is measured as Low, Good or Excellent according to the assessment criteria, with some flexibility to accommodate the needs of allies or other end-users:
- Low – the proposal outcome is of little or no value to Defence
- Good – the proposal outcome aligns with a recognised need, capability gap or opportunity and would be desirable to Defence
- Excellent – the proposal includes DST and/or another relevant government organisation as a participant and the proposal outcome would be desirable to Defence
For further information visit the DIP web site.